Have you ever watched 30 Minute Meals with Racheal Ray?
If you have, you know she always has a trusty garbage bowl
 on the counter to throw away the trash.

Well, Racheal's kitchen garbage bowl inspired my classroom garbage bowl. 

I keep a stack of garbage bowls on the shelf,
and whenever we work on an activity that requires cutting,
we break out the garbage bowls. It's that simple.
The kiddos know where they are,
 and the table helpers for that particular week grab the bowls.
 I love an easy solution!

Now, you don't have to buy an official garbage bowl.
You can buy a popcorn bowl from DOLLAR TREE like I did.
Much cheaper and very colorful!

My garbage bowl rules: NO food and NOTHING sticky.
Just paper. That's it!

Take a look at the little bit of floor you can see.
 No Paper! Hallelujah!!

 If you decide to get these particular popcorn bowls,
be prepared for the many ways your kiddos will think of to use them.
They're great hats and so much fun to balance on your head.
This one is hiding from the camera.

This sweet one thought she was in trouble. She was not!
I complimented her on her balancing skills, instead!
Love the look on her precious face!

Finally, we have, grinning for the camera. 
I already miss these faces!!

After a while, the novelty will wear off,
and the bowl will be used for its original purpose.
Thank goodness!

Love, love, love these garbage bowls!